It would not be (near enough) Hallowe’en without the horror punk icon and the Duke of Spook himself, Wednesday 13 and a new collection of (de)compositions. While it is pretty much a given that Wednesday’s eighth outing still has plenty of the usual ghoulish goings on and entwined with some devilishly dark humour, Necrophaze also..
First, a confession. I have to tell you that this review relates to an album that came out at the end of last year but missed the cut in the sad demise of the CRS magazine "Rock Society". When I originally reviewed this album, I thought it was so good that I went straight out..
Bent Knee are not a band we ever want to lose to a play-it-safe conformity... Have you ever been left breathless and dazed by something that made you feel like you had one of those little rings of cartoon birds chirping around your head? I expect many will feel that way once they've reached the..
A very strong work which succeeds on its own terms in its aim to set out this emotional, sensory world ... You feel as if you have stepped into someone’s soul and are living their life and feeling what they feel, without always knowing exactly why. For those new to the Blackheart Orchestra, it needs..
Had Flying Colors never existed, it would be strange to try and conceive of them. On paper, merging legendary Dixie Dregs heroes Steve Morse and Dave LaRue with prog rock's prolific allies Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy, and then dropping in pop/alt-rock singer and songwriter Casey McPherson might seem an odd match, but it's proven..
Complex arrangements and heavy beats make it prog-metal indeed, but front man Danny Estrin’s one-sided hairy mane and bright white jacket give it a decidedly 1980s glam-pop edge... Shattered Skies A three-band evening in Great Portland Street was kicked off by Shattered Skies, a hard-hitting Anglo-Irish combo whose power rock is difficult to pigeonhole –..
It’s been four years now since Cambridge-based band 4th Labyrinth released their debut album Quattro Stagioni, and the release of this long-awaited follow-up is very much what it says on the tin, or in this case, in the title. This is Better. Even main man Marcel Kunkel - a larger than life personality who has..
Mick got puffed up and aggressive and said, 'you realise I could take you down with one punch.' To which I said, 'OK, Mick, if you have to do this...' So begins the tale of what happened the day in 1968 when Ian Anderson told Mick Abrahams he was out of Jethro Tull. One of..
Now this is a very interesting reissue, and one which is in some ways a contradiction in terms. Little Feat, as everyone surely knows, originally split at the end of the 1970s when their leader, founder and general talisman Lowell George died unexpectedly. They reconvened a few days later with reasonable if not spectacular success,..
Queen + Adam Lambert jusy announced that they are bringing their new tour “Rhapsody” to UK and Europe audiences in 2020, with 16 dates on sale so far. The all-new “Rhapsody” show, already hailed as “a marvel of technical advances,” will kick off the new year of 2020 with 17 giant arena and stadium shows..